Your nose, for the bouquet
Your nose is a vital tasting organ!
Plunge your nose into your glass, sniff, breathe in, lift your head to take in a little fresh air and then start again. You will perceive scents of all sorts - subtle, powerful, fresh, pleasant and even unpleasant if the cork has turned on the wine!
Any and all of these aromas might perhaps remind you of a perfume, a flower, a fruit pudding, an oven-baked brioche, your grandfather’s tobacco pouch, the spices in a recent meal, freshly picked mushrooms, or any one of a hundred other scents that you will spontaneously associate with particular memories, places, people or emotions.
"The nose is a sentry guard keeping the palate safe from many surprises."
Next, you have to taste the wine !